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Agricultural Scientist Job Description

An agricultural scientist is a person who applies scientific knowledge to agriculture to improve agricultural methods and techniques. An agricultural scientist performs research to find ways of developing better animal or crop breeds, improving soil quality, or managing agricultural pests and diseases.

An agricultural scientist should be curious, innovative, methodical, analytical, practical, persistent and adaptable, and have the ability to handle and operate scientific equipment. They should also be able to communicate effectively and work well independently and in a team.

Pursue a career a career in agricultural science if have you have aptitude for science, and interest in the application of science and technology to crop or livestock production.

What does an Agricultural Scientist do?

Agricultural scientists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Agricultural scientists usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. They work indoors in offices, laboratories and classrooms, and outdoors on farms. They may travel for work or to attend conferences and seminars.

What is Required to Become an Agricultural Scientist?

To become an agricultural scientist, you need a bachelor's or master’s degree in agricultural science or a similar discipline. You will need to specialize in a field of agriculture to perform research as agricultural science is a broad discipline with many sub specialties.


The fields where an agricultural scientist can specialize include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Agricultural scientists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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